Murray condemns Sharapova

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Andy Murray has given his views on Maria Sharapova’s failed drug test and the Scott made no attempt to soften the effect of his damning opinion on the matter.

The world number two believes Sharapova should be banned after her positive test for Meldonium and questioned the Russian’s use of the drug.

“It’s not up to me to decide the punishment, but if you’re taking performance enhancing drugs and you fail a drugs test, you have to get suspended,” Murray told reporters at the Indian Wells tournament in Palm Springs on Thursday.

“If you’re taking a prescription drug and you’re not using it for what that drug was meant for, then you don’t need it, so you’re just using it for the performance enhancing benefits that drug is giving you. And I don’t think that that’s right.”

Manufactured primarily for people suffering from heart problems, Meldonium can also increase blood flow and improve exercise capacity.

Murray is not convinced that any sports person who is operating at the very top of their trade could legitimately suffer from heart issues and maintain a high level of play at the same time, irrespective of what medication they are on.

“I read that 55 athletes have failed tests for that substance since 1 January,” said Murray.

“You just don’t expect high-level athletes at the top of many different sports to have heart conditions.”

When asked to comment on Head’s decision to extend their commercial affiliation with Sharapova, Murray was again brutal in his condemnation of the Russian.

“I personally wouldn’t have responded like that,” he said.